I graduated from both the bachelor and master's degree in Geographical and Anthropological Studies at the University of Florence (Italy) with specialisation in Geographical Science. The main research topics that I have covered concern historical and cultural geography; mainly regarding the geographical reenactment of ancient roads and the landscape changes in wetlands through the use of ancient maps and GIS (LabGeo, University of Florence).
I had experiences in international cooperation projects, in Ecuador with an Italian NGO and with the European Union programme.
Once came back, I have carried on the collaboration with the European Association of the Via Francigena ways within the Cultural Routes promotion (the ancient via Francigena in particular). At the same time, I have experienced the collaboration with the S.S. Abbey Museum (director of studies, Sienna province) and I have taught geography for two years at the high school.
I am co-founder of the startup ReCreo (University of Florence), a project concerning the research on abandoned rural areas and their regeneration through innovative models of development.
Production of resources for online teaching relating the (online) Geographical Fieldwork module (University of Nottingham, 2021).
I have been a demonstrator during the Landscape History of Liguria Fieldwork (September 2019): teaching and support activities for the University of Nottingham students during the fieldwork (elaboration of a research project; interviews to local people; studies on archaeological evidence, the use of the sources).
As Geography Ambassador at RGS (with IBG) I have delivered classes to study geography at the GCSE level and supported the activities at the Society (2019-2020).
I have taught general Geography for two years in three different Italian high schools (Florence and Grosseto, 2016-2018).
The PhD research that I am carrying out concerns a deep analysis on the landscape in relation to the ancient routes that cross various rural areas in Tuscany. A particular reference is pointed to via… read more
LEONARDO PORCELLONI, 2021. Pilgrimage and hospitality along the via Francigena: revitalisation of rural areas and therapeutic mobilities Turismo e Psicologia: Rivista interdisciplinare di studi, ricerche e formazione. 14(1), 69-82
LEONARDO PORCELLONI, 2019. Abbandono e rigenerazione sul geoportale In: Italian Geographic Congress - L’apporto della geografia tra rivoluzioni e riforme. XXXII. 2065-2072
LEONARDO PORCELLONI, LEO CUSSEAU, SHIRIN AMINI and FEDERICO MAZZELLI, 2019. Abbandono di aree rurali e reti innovative di rigenerazione: una proposta di nuovi modelli dell’abitare attraverso una mappatura condivisa. In: GIANCARLO MACCHI JÁNICA and ALESSANDRO PALUMBO, eds., TERRITORI SPEZZATI: SPOPOLAMENTO E ABBANDONO NELLE AREE INTERNE DELL’ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA CISGE. 149-155
The PhD research that I am carrying out concerns a deep analysis on the landscape in relation to the ancient routes that cross various rural areas in Tuscany. A particular reference is pointed to via Francigena, a pilgrimage road that had influenced the surrounding territory during the Middle Ages and that, nowadays, it is still stimulating a new cultural ferment. For this reason, a further aim is to investigate and map the involved heritage, both natural, material and intangible, as result of the road's territorial process for a significant interpretation and a durable conservation.